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Telling tales: EU official accuses UK of spreading ‘myths’ about immigration

Published time: January 10, 2014 11:38
Reuters / Luke Macgregor

Reuters / Luke Macgregor

In a scathing attack on the UK’s immigration policy, a UN official has slammed London for peddling “myths” about an “invasion of foreigners”. Viviane Reding, vice president of the EU Commission, said the scare tactics are part of a strategy to win votes.

Speaking on a webchat on EU citizenship, Reding said British politicians were putting the future of the UK in jeopardy for the sake of their political ambitions. She warned that the political rhetoric about the impending arrival of a wave of migrants, who will take jobs and leech off the welfare system, was a “myth”

“Most of the things which are told to the people in Great Britain are myths, [and] have nothing to do with reality."
Reding argues that in fact the arrival of EU migrants, in fact, stimulated the UK economy, causing GDP to grow by “3-4 percent”.

“I am mostly frustrated about the political leaders because what is leadership if you just try with populistic movements and populistic speech to gain votes?” said Reding. She appealed to all of the “reasonable forces” in Britain to dispel the distorted version of events that the UK government has created and explain to people what the European Union really is.

"You are destroying the future of your people, actually,” said Reding, condemning Prime Minister David Cameron’s policy of “populism” and “Euroskepticism”.

Reding’s come off the back of a flurry of rhetoric from EU leaders condemning new immigration policies that have been implemented by the UK government. Prime Minister David Cameron has moved to cut immigration to the UK.

Furthermore, the government is also taking measures to restrict migrants’ access to the British welfare system.
On Sunday David Cameron said he would like to change treaties with the EU that would allow him to cut child benefit for workers from other EU countries.

“It’s wrong that someone from Poland, who comes here, who works hard (and I am absolutely all in favor of that) — but I don’t think we should be paying child benefit, to their family back at home in Poland,” said Cameron.

His words provoked outrage from Poland’s ambassador to the UK who accused Cameron of attempting to “stigmatize” Poles as scroungers and benefit cheats.

“There is no need to single out, to stigmatize Poles” who come to Britain "to work hard, not to abuse the system or grab the benefits,” Ambassador Witold Sobków told The Huffington Post.

The British government has also championed a number of measures to cut down on illegal immigration. Among them is legislation that would fine landlords who rent properties to illegal immigrants. This measure has been criticized in particular amid accusations it will lead to a climate of racial profiling and discrimination.

David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership in 2017 if his Conservative Party emerges victorious from the next general election in 2015.

Comments (26)


Derek Maher 24.06.2014 14:53

Reding, Another female deadbeat along with Ashton full of false one sided compassion for non national citizens.
Okay Nothing wrong with real EU citizens moving and working throughout the EU but does that really happen? More likely a very large percentage are let in under the radar from non EU countries as a handy cheap source of labour to be exploited by these Oh so careing types.


David Taylor 11.01.2014 20:10

People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL and ONLY White countries.
Peopl e say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries "assimilate,&qu ot; i.e., intermarry, with millions of non-Whites.

If I tell the obvious truth about the ongoing program of GENOCIDE against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I must be called a naziwhowantstokill6m illionjews and that I must be silenced.

A nti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.


Andor 11.01.2014 05:58

hahaha not really go and look for yourselves then. Birmingham, Manchester and London look rather like Africa or Pakistan!! In fact if everyone votes in Britain today, the white population of Brits will be voted out!! Wake up people it's allready to late..........and so are many other European countries not far behind.

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